The post below was originally published on The Monkees Live Almanac on November 23, 2016. And now it's time! Micky Dolenz returns to 54 Below in New York City this weekend...
In the summer of 2015, Micky Dolenz debuted a new concert show at 54 Below in New York City that combined his love of Broadway and Rock & Roll. He returned later that fall after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and a live album was issued by Broadway Records. It was announced today that Micky will once again be bringing the show to 54 Below early next year, and tickets are now available:
UPDATE: Micky's sister, Coco, will debut her own show at 54 Below on March 25, as announced this afternoon by Micky's official Facebook page:
The legendary Chuck Berry, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, passed away on March 18, 2017. Micky Dolenz sang Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" while auditioning for The Monkees in 1965.
Years later, Micky reimagined the song on his 2012 solo album, Remember:
In 1994 during the Together Again tour with Davy Jones, Micky performed another Berry classic, "Too Much Monkey Business." Here's a live recording of it, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel:
While you won’t hear Tork and Dolenz...singing their hits, Wizard World offers you the chance to enjoy the Monkees in their natural habitat, entertaining an audience. According to the event’s website, www.wizardworld.com, “A Conversation with Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork of the Monkees” will take place March 19 at 11:30 a.m.
"I’m always thinking and working on stuff. I get offers and I’m doing my 'Little Bit Broadway, Little Bit Rock and Roll' show in New York again at the end of March [at 54 Below, under the old Studio 54 location]. We’re talking about another Monkee project. Nothing to announce at this point, but it’s in the air because this year is the 50th anniversary of our first real tour. So there’ll be stuff going on this summer and fall and then, well you just never know."
Peter Tork on his fellow Monkees:
“Well, I’ve never been really close with Michael [Nesmith] for some reason. You know, I have a lot of respect for him and admiration. But somehow we’ve never integrated. We’ve never been warm with each other. We worked together and did pretty well at it really. But Micky on the other hand, I enjoy hugely. We have some very good times together. We laugh a lot. We pay attention to what each other is doing on stage and so there’s communication there. Micky’s always been a lot of fun.” Tork then shares a warm sentiment on his late friend, Davy Jones, who passed away at age 66 back in 2012. “Who I miss is Davy of course. Davy is the guy who…I’ve always said I loved, liked and respected [the band members] in different proportions but Davy actually kinda got my heart.”
Micky and Peter talk about their friendship with The Beatles, and Ringo Starr in particular:
Both Monkees seem to agree on their favorite Beatle: “I would say by far the person I spent the most time with probably would have been Ringo,” Dolenz shares. “He moved out to L.A. and spent a lot of time there in the 70’s and we had a lot of mutual friends like Harry Nilsson, the singer/songwriter. I also spent time with John and Paul.” Tork is quick to share on his affection for good old Ringo: “He is my favorite Beatle. It truly was Ringo that I found to be the most open and human.”
And I must say that I'm in total accord with Andrew's song selection below!
Screen Gems owned a Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop model guitar that turned up as a prop in some episodes of the television series and even in shots from Head. Still photos of Mike, Micky, and Peter all exist with this guitar, including the one below of Micky taken during the filming of Head.
Here's Peter and Micky photographed in the studio during sessions for "Ditty Diego" in July 1968:
Broadway Records Announces the Return of Micky Dolenz: A LITTLE BIT OF BROADWAY, A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N' ROLL at Feinstein's/54 Below
And for more information about Micky's upcoming appearances at 54 Below, scroll through the Live Almanac's archives.